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Proud of your workplace? 
Apply today and let Inc. tell the world


Extended Deadline: January 31, 2020


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Application Guide

Get recognition for your workplace.

Great entrepreneurs don't just build great products and services. They also build great workplaces. Apply today for Inc.'s Best Workplaces award, uniquely designed to recognize successful businesses that value company culture, offer standout worker benefits, and prioritize employee well-being.

Be recognized as a place where people love to work, and apply today. All applicants will receive a valuable company overview offering actionable insights on your workplace strengths and weaknesses.



Extended Deadline: January 31, 2020 ($345)

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To participate in the 2020 Inc. Best Workplaces award, your company must meet each of the following qualifications:

  • Be Independent (not a subsidiary or division of another company)
  • Be Based in the United States
  • Have at least 10 employees
  • Been in business at least 2 years
  • Have total annual revenue less than $1 Billion

There are a few limited exceptions to the requirements. Please email our team with any questions: bestworkplaces@inc.com.

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Why Apply?

For nearly 40 years, Inc. magazine has been devoted to recognizing America's most dynamic businesses and honoring the great things they do. Last year, a record 346 companies made the cut and were honored in print and online. 2020 honorees will enjoy the following benefits:

  • National Recognition: Be honored as an employer of choice, and elevate your firm's employer brand.
  • Visibility & Media Exposure: Be featured in the May/June issue of Inc. Magazine, get a dedicated company profile on Inc.com, and receive national and local coverage from the likes of Yahoo! Finance and Businesswire.
  • Greater Productivity & Retention: Drive engagement and enthusiasm of current employees while sending a clear message that the culture of your company is a primary strategic priority. Improve recruiting opportunities with prospective employees.
  • Invaluable Insights: Learn what your employees are really thinking with a company overview filled with valuable information you can use to improve your day-to-day operations and workplace environment.
  • One-Year Subscription: As part of your application you will receive a one-year subscription to Inc. magazine, the leading business publication with news, tools, and advice to help you succeed.

Be proud of the workplace you've created. Take a few minutes to apply and let Inc. Magazine declare your company one of the best places to work in America.

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How It Works



Take your first step towards recognition and towards receiving invaluable insights on how you can make your workplace even better. Apply hereExtended Deadline: January 31, 2020 ($345)



Your employees will respond to the Quantum Workplace Best Places to Work survey. The number of employees that respond to the survey, along with an audit of the organization's benefits, are used to determine the company's overall score and ranking. Survey deadline: February 18, 2020.



The list goes live on Inc.com in early May 2020 and will be featured in the May/June print issue. All applicants will be notified via email in late March if they have made the list or not. Every applicant will also receive a customized company culture snapshot report, based on employee feedback.



Extended Deadline: January 31, 2020 ($345)


For full application details see our FAQs here.
Questions? Email us at bestworkplaces@inc.com.